This was our fourth annual Oktoberfest. In the beginning, it started as a small family gathering, then grew into a large, rather unwieldy party the past few years. This year had all the same elements: three-legged races, bob-for-apples, caramel-apple dipping, pie-eating contest, donut-on-a-string, and some pretty amazing Italian pasta, but we scaled it back down to its roots, as a small, family-plus-a-few-friends affair. On a most lovely October evening. Something to celebrate indeed.